A home inspection is an exciting moment. It means you have successfully marketed your property, accepted an offer, and now the buyer is assessing the home before they close the deal.
Buyers need a reasonable cause to walk away from a property after an offer is accepted. Changing their mind is not a reasonable cause. A defect not described in the original listing must be discovered during the property inspection.
A good home inspector will be thorough in his/her inspection. You should not be offended by an inspector turning up rugs and carpets, poking about your basement, or at any of his/her findings on your home. Remember that a home inspector is employed by the home buyer to find any defects and point them out in his/her assessment.
A home inspection is not a negotiating tactic to drive down the price. That said, many inspections do turn up problems that perhaps even the home seller was not aware of. It is in the buyer’s interest to detect all items in need of immediate or future repair and anything that may be a concern going forward before they complete the deal because additional findings can, in some cases, affect the final sale price. You would likely feel the same if the roles were reversed.
It is important not to take the process personally. Remember that your buyer will be living in your home for years, and they should feel comfortable with everything before the purchase is concluded.
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